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[personal profile] cleolinda posted: The Magicians S4 Finale Aired Five Days Ago And I'm Still Mad As Hell

There is still so much I want to say about all of it, but my thoughts won't organize themselves sufficiently. Read [personal profile] cleolinda; lots of commentary and links.

I do, however, want to comment eventually on the less-loaded topic of bad storytelling, which was also a factor here.

But there's also this: any hack on earth can write tragedy. Devastating your audience is the easiest thing in the world.

You know what's hard? Blowing their minds with sheer joy. Shock them by giving them what they didn't even know they could want. I think I can count the times on one hand where a show managed that. To get it, you have to work for it.

I don't get--I'll never get--why anyone on earth would do the second--would manage the fucking impossible--but in the end, only care about, only take pride in, only value doing the first.

Fiction

Apr. 22nd, 2019 03:52 pm
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Michael Rutger, The Anomalycreepy cave )
James S.A. Corey, Tiamat’s Wrathfighting empire )
Ann Leckie, The Raven Towergods and monsters )Michael Marshall Smith, Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existencedevil's playground )

Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairsinteresting epic fantasy )

Robert Jackson Bennett, Vigilanceguns, no butter )
Robert Jackson Bennett, The Troupetraveling players sing the world into being )
Erica L. Satifka, Stay Crazyparanoid schizophrenia and communication with other dimensions )
Tobias S. Buckell, James Bond after climate change )

T. Kingfisher, The Seventh Bride:fractured fairy tale )
Alaya Whiteley, The Loosening Skinlove is skin deep )

Halfway through The Invasion

Apr. 22nd, 2019 05:29 pm
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It's eight episodes long!

mid-way point )

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Apr. 21st, 2019 07:59 pm
nostalgia: two and jamie are married (two/jamie trufax married)
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I've been watching The Invasion, I am at the end of episode three. Bit capture-escape-recapture so far but interesting enough and the characters are good. Suspect Padders was on holiday this week, as no Zoe. Two and Jamie are doing A LOT of clinging, is this the one filmed in a Guiness factory so everyone was off their tits?

I've never got to the end of this one, but that was before I started watching episodically so I should make it this time. The cartoon bits are good, probably the best cartoon bits they've done because IIRC they actually had a budget for this one.

They have yet to reveal who the monsters are, but I think we all know.
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[personal profile] greywash posted: Magicians 4x13 spoilers ongoing, natch

I am one of those who is debating doing a de-rec of the show. Below cut, trigger warnings and spoilers for those who are still unspoiled.
triggers )
I know this sounds dramatic, I know it's not rational, but I'm not rational right now, and it's bothering me enough to put it here.

I recced this show for a lot of reasons, but one of them was for how it handled mental illness and how much work they put into doing it well, showing both short- and long-term consequences and ongoing issues. To anyone who watched because of those recs, I'm so sorry.

TV and Nonfiction

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:34 am
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Unpopular Magicians opinion (not the big one, probably): Read more... )

Looking forward to Lucifer returning. It's too much to hope that it will be like that one J2 story where SPN got moved to HBO and everything got very hot and heavy, isn't it?


Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence: trippy )
Anand Giridharas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World: the charitable is political )Pete Buttigieg, Shortest Way Home: he's a mayor )
Bradley Hope & Tom Wright, Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World: the banality of evil )
Jeff Kosseff, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet: section 230 )

Jared Diamond, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis: oy )

Larrie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved Itworld historical )David W. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memoryhow the lost cause was won )

Hayters Gonna Hayte (Time-Flight)

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:43 pm
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Finished Time-Flight!

Spoilers are Forever )

1.5/5, boring but not the worst story ever. Kind of racist also, otherwise it'd probably be a 2/5.
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Title: Anything You Can Do…
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Genre: AU, humor, romance, crack?
Characters/pairings: Slight Data/Tasha (with background Lore/Ishara).
Rating: R
Word count: 1375
Summary: Lore sends Data a sex tape. Tasha is not amused. (Based on a tumblr prompt.)

Notes: Takes place in an AU where Tasha is still alive, and while I've obviously taken inspiration from my other Lore/Ishara stories, this fic isn't officially related to them (due to it being an AU and all).

If you'd like to leave a comment, please do so on AO3!

''Data, that's my little sister!'' )

so many drugs

Apr. 15th, 2019 10:44 pm
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So I was supposd to start those antibiotics like, three weeks ago. Now, legit, I had to wait for the first of April to pick them up as money+time was a problem.

...it is now the fifteenth.
yeah, idk )

okay but

Apr. 15th, 2019 07:28 pm
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...in my defense, it's not so much that a lot's happened is that I am both super lazy and things happened.

In some kind of order:

1.) Saw the ENT and have another appointment after a six weeks of antibiotics and steroids because nasal infections that last this long need the shock and awe treatment.

2.) Saw Captain Marvel and realized there was indeed a hole in my life before it appeared. Seriously, I had no idea there was so much Carol AND MARIA WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS.

3.) Learned to use a neti pot.

Okay, much like evangelists for Diva cups (divangelists?) and The Magicians (magelists?), I think everyone should Neti pot now because this shit isn't woo which was surprising. Interestingly, the most dramatic results were the second or third time and then after several days of use where I could feel the difference. So if you were on the fence, a.) head position will work out eventualy just keep tilting randomly until it works out and b.) try it. Not woo.

4.) Still not interested in Game of Thrones and still wish I could flog up the interest. This annoys me.

5.) My home network has undergone a change for teh better which I will go over at some point, including successful creation of a wireless bridge client that is basically a wifi repeater that took me only three separate tutorials to figure out how to get running using DD-WRT.

random on ddwrt )

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Time-Flight, part 2

Apr. 14th, 2019 05:48 pm
nostalgia: jenny asks how she was made (how is babby formed?)
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Watched part two of this while doing some nail art, I enjoyed it more than part one.

dr who and the flight of time )

Will it get better or worse? A mystery!

Time-Flight

Apr. 14th, 2019 10:34 am
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I don't have a Five icon because he's Not My Doctor but I watch a lot of his episodes currently because I can barely remember them and I have them all on DVD so I might as well get my money's worth. (I have all of Dr Who on DVD, but some of it got shelved immediately and while I *think* I've seen every extant story there's some I haven't seen in decades and a couple of Pertwees - well, mainly Pertwees - where I never got to the end.)

Time-Flight: A Flight in Time )

Might watch another episode later if I do nail art. Not sure yet.
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